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BRT PESHAWAR: WHEN WILL IT FINALLY HAPPEN?

BRT PESHAWAR: WHEN WILL IT FINALLY HAPPEN?

Who isn’t familiar with the BRT Peshawar Project? Inaugurated for development in October 2017, it has gradually become a menace for the PTI government, and a grey area for their development, with constant delays, claims of below average construction material being used, and a very costly budget. To make matters worse, it has started to affect the life in Peshawar. The 37km long project is scheduled to have 32 stations with roughly 220 buses on it. This will help provide relief to the ongoing passengers on daily buses, who tend to stand in traffic for a considerable amount of time, due to the planning of the recently turned metropolitan city. The project might be an answer to the hassle of traffic in Peshawar. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t yet. The problem with the BRT Peshawar Project—also known as TransPeshawar—is the ongoing and persistent delays. Whilst this project was promised to be inaugurated in six months, it clearly hasn’t happened. To make matters worse, the project has had its share of repercussions as well. The initial project, originally at a cost Rs.of 49 billion, is currently said to be at Rs. 68 billion by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Not to mention the impact it has had on the route it is being constructed on. People on the roads are suffering because of the diversions, which has resulted in a larger amount of traffic jams on a daily basis. Not to mention the pollution and the impact that has. Makes you wonder, is the project actually worth the time being consumed, along with the barriers the people of Peshawar have to face daily? On a long term basis, the project can be a sure shot success for Peshawar, and PTI. It is expected for the project to be operational by the end of this year, something PTI will be dearly hoping for. In fact, this is probably the only project that the PTI Government will be so eager to finally end, to get it off their chest at last. Till then, people of Peshawar, all you can do is be patient, and wait.

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AJRAK Number Plates to be issued in Sindh

AJRAK Number Plates to be issued in Sindh

Vehicle Number Plates with Ajrak Logos and Embedded Chips to be introduced in Sindh By 2020 New number plates installed with computerized chips and showcasing a new design based on the Sindhi Ajrak are to be used in Sindh in 2020. Secretary Excise Abdul Haleem Shaikh has requested the assembling of such number plates, introduced with chips and Ajrak logos, for 300,000 vehicles and motorbikes in the first stage. A proper endorsement is yet to be acquired from the provincial cabinet and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah. These innovative number plates would be scan-able and will give all information about the vehicle and its owner. This program will also help in apprehending automobile thieves.

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Spot Record AND Win PKR 1 lakh

Spot Record AND Win PKR 1 lakh

MISSION CLEAN KARACHI: SINDH INFORMATION MINISTER ANNOUNCES REWARD Karachi City Tired of seeing trash in Karachi? Want to do something about it? The moment is here. Garbage spread across the city The Sindh Information Minister, Saeed Ghani, has indicated that any citizen who records and identifies another citizen throwing garbage around the city, and sends the video to the assigned WhatsApp numbers at 0300-0074296 and 0300-008429 will get a reward of PKR 100,000. The minister said that he himself has observed citizens dumping garbage all over Karachi without caring about its impact and the amplified costs to administration to get rid of it. Dump Trucks picking up garbage as part of Clean my Karachi campaign Earlier, Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah also gave a resembling statement, and claimed that he will show how Karachi can be cleaned in a week. Following his statement, a Clean my Karachi 18-member committee was assigned to monitor the progress of this city-wide tidying-up campaign. CM Murad Ali Shah with the 18-member committee If the campaign turns out to be a success, properties in Karachi will become more valuable. This will provide an excellent opportunity to invest in Karachi real estate.

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Jati Umra vs Bani Gala

Jati Umra vs Bani Gala

A property comparison of Yesterday’s and Today’s Premiers Jati Umra is the real estate, owned by the country’s renowned Sharif family, that holds the status of a palace. Although the property has not been declared as an asset by the former 3-time Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, it is his official residence and the hub of PML-N politics. The property is named after the town of Jati Umra, Tarn Taran Sahib in Punjab. This is where the Sharif family’s elders lived before moving to Lahore in 1932. Raiwind Palace The estate is spread over 1700-acres, which is 15 times the size of Vatican City! Constructed area on this land is around 312-acres, which can accommodate more than 8 Bani Gala residences! According to assets declared by the Sharif family, the Jati Umra house is valued at PKR 4 million. Raiwind Palace Inside The extravagant estate is filled with taxidermy mounts and statues, mostly of feline cats, which is the official and electoral symbol of PML-N. The main garden showcases a huge stone statue of a black lion surrounded by smaller white marble lion statues. Lavish fixtures and fittings are installed throughout the palace. It is considered to be one of the most expensive and luxurious residences in all of Pakistan. Bani Gala is the personal residence of ex-cricketer and current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. It is also the official residence of the Premier since February, 2019 when Imran Khan decided to convert the Prime Minister House into Islamabad National University. Compared to the Jati Umra palatial estate, Imran Khan’s mansion in Bani Gala is only around 37-acres. Bani Gala Mansion The declared value of Khan’s Bani Gala residence is PKR 11.5 million. It is marvelous how a 1700-acre estate can be valued at 3 times less than a 37-acre mansion! The Bani Gala manor is divided into two portions, one for the Prime Minister’s political and official use and the other as his personal residence and for his family. The mansion features world class offices and meeting rooms where Khan conducts his business. The residential area features a huge master bedroom, separate rooms for his kids and an elegant drawing room. Imagine the lifestyle possibilities in estates like these!

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Hamza Ali Abbasi Tied Knot with Naimal Khawar Khan

Hamza Ali Abbasi Tied Knot with Naimal Khawar Khan

Pakistani drama and Film actor Hamza Ali Abbasi and Pakistani drama actress Naimal Khawar Khan recently got married on 25th August in Islamabad. Hamza Ali Abbasi is a well known actor and is heart throb of almost all the girls while the actress Naimal Khawar Khan got fame through her ongoing drama Anaa on HUM TV. There were rumors going around about them getting married on social media channels few days before their marriage so Hamza Ali Abbasi took to his social media account and confirmed that YES!! They are getting married on 21st. The news came as a surprise for fans and people in the entertainment industry alike as there was no discussion in the past of Hamza Ali Abbasi and Naimal Khawar being involved in a relationship or planning to tie the knot. In his tweet, Hamza told about how they started and that how they are ending up in marriage. According to him “We were just frnds for 2 yrs & recently Allah put it in my heart to ask her to marry me for reasons I mentioned and she said yes... Thats the entire story”. Hamza Ali Abbasi called his relationship a “Platonic Friendship”. Detailing about the meaning of a platonic relationship, the Pyare Afzal famed actor said, “It means love or affection in a bond without any sexual element in it. I realized the right way to find love.” The pictures of their Nikkah Ceremony which was held at Monal restaurant in Islamabad are roaming around the internet and social media channels. The ceremony was attended by families of both the bride and groom and their close friends only. The bride, of Anaa fame, donned a light gold ethnic ensemble, with matching jewelry and minimal makeup. The groom was dressed in a white kurta shalwar with a matching waistcoat. Their reception will be held on Monday, 26th august. Jagah Online, Pakistan’s Leading Property Marketplace.

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Top Mega Projects in Karachi

Top Mega Projects in Karachi

Number of people travel from one place to another in this mega city on a daily basis, struggling through congestion and crowded streets, using various modes of transport. To make the streets more bearable for the Karachites, the local government has launched several projects. Green Line Project: The Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System project has received 13 billion rupees for the next fiscal year, fully covering the remaining costs of the program. The project was originally approved three years ago and has already spent 13 billion rupees on it. The Federal Government approved a revised BRT (Green Line Bus Rapid Transit) project for the price of Rs 24.6 billion for the country's largest metropolis. The cost of the Karachi subway bus project has been revised up 52% ??to Rs24.6bn and construction changes approved. The project will start from Surjani and will extend to the Karachi City Railway Station. The Federal Government finances the project completely. Numaish Chowrangi is of great importance to the people of Karachi as it is located in the most central part of the city and effectively connects many important areas. This route has also been temporarily closed as construction work on the Green Line underpass is underway and will soon be the first subway bus stop in South Asia. It is a very important and up-to-date project in terms of infrastructure & development in Karachi. The authorities are hoping for a speedy completion of this project, as well as the Green Line BRTS, as the proximity of Numaish Chowrangi can lead to severe congestion on a daily basis, despite the existence of several alternative routes. Submarine Chowk Underpass: Punjab Chorangi, also known as the submarine Chowk, was the most problematic place for people traveling from DHA to Saddar and vice versa. However, it took several years for the authorities to find an effective solution. Fortunately, work on the submarine Chowk underpass, which turned out to be an incredibly useful infrastructure development in Karachi, was completed in 2019. Since its opening, many people have used this route for almost twenty-four hours a day. This is because the Sunset Boulevard Road, which heads towards Clifton in Khayaban-e-Roomi and then towards M.T. turns into the Mai Kolachi Road. Khan Road connects the rest of the city with some major port areas. Shaheed-e-Millat Road Underpass: The Sindh government began construction of underpasses at the intersection of Tariq Road and Hill Park on Shaheed-e-Millat Road. The route from Chowrangi Prison to the Tipu Sultan Flyover is closed to traffic and an alternative route for commuters has been set up. On the side street, a three-lane road was built, which reduces the width of the green belt. A traffic diversion plan is also being developed for the construction of an underpass on the other track. The 10-kilometer route from Chowrangi Prison to Korangi Hino Chowrangi will be cleared after the underpasses have been built. The project is estimated to cost 900 million rupees and will be completed in four months. The Sindh government approved these projects and the construction of an overpass on the Shaheed-e-Millat Road last year and reserved 1.5 billion rupees for the projects in the budget of the last fiscal year. The overpass at the Tipu Sultan intersection was completed last year at a cost of Rs 600 million. Sher Shah Suri Road flyovers: Governor Sindh Imran Ismail laid the foundation for three new overpasses to be built at three intersections on Sher Shah Suri Road. Once completed, these overpasses will help keep traffic flowing smoothly through a 15-kilometer, signal-free corridor, significantly reducing the time it takes for traffic to travel from one end to the other. These new overflights in Karachi are planned to run along the existing overflights built at Five Star Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi, and Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi as part of the Green Line project. The estimated cost of this project is Rs.214 crore, would be completed in 2019. Governor Ismail informed the media on the occasion, also attended by Mayor Wasim Akhtar, and stated that the Prime Minister had a special interest in the development and progress of the country's economic center because if Karachi made progress, the country would make progress. For this reason, priority has been given to infrastructure development in the city.

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Forecasting Necessities of Life in Pakistan

Forecasting Necessities of Life in Pakistan

It's such a long time for every Pakistani, and we as a nation are at the peak of our capacity to absorb any change that comes out. A bit of reinforcement in terms of some intrinsic rewards can further ensure the desired behavior of masses. Petrol, Oil and Gas: Petrol prices in Pakistan 2019 - Petroleum is a key product used in every industry. From motorcycles to cars to trucks, gasoline is used as fuel to keep them moving. Gasoline prices are not constant and vary due to many factors. Gasoline prices in Pakistan are influenced by various factors such as the global economic situation, global oil price fluctuations, and so on. It should be noted that it has previously been pointed out in the media that oil consumers may have to anticipate a rise in the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rp. 2.30 per liter in July 2019. However, they could get some relief from the gasoline price. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) advised the government to cut gasoline prices by 0.77 rupees per liter and increase the HSD price for July 2019 by 2.30 rupees per liter. High-speed diesel is widely used in agriculture and the transport sector, and an expected increase in prices would have a direct inflationary impact on the masses. The increase in the price of diesel will push up the inflation rate. Ogra had also proposed an increase in the price of light diesel (LDO) of 0.26 rupees per liter. This product is used in industry. If the proposed increase in price is approved, the rate jumps to 88.88 rupees per liter over the existing 86.62 rupees per liter. The regulator had recommended lowering the price of kerosene oil by Rs 2.94 per liter. Kerosene oil is used for cooking in remote areas where liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is not readily available. If the recommendation is approved, the price of kerosene oil will drop from 98.46 rupees per liter to 95.52 rupees. If the government agrees to the proposed increase in the HSD price, the rate of currently 126.82 rupees will rise to 129.12 rupees per liter. On the other hand, if the price is lowered, gasoline costs Rs 111.91 per liter compared to the current Rs 118. Water: Pakistan could "run dry" by 2025, as its water shortage reaches an alarming level. The authorities remain negligent in relation to the crisis, which poses a serious threat to the stability of the country. Water is becoming increasingly important for people's livelihoods. In addition, Pakistan is absolutely dependent on water resources as they fuel agriculture. Likewise, economic growth and the promotion of agriculture and the economy lie in water availability. The depressing fact, however, is that Pakistan is currently facing a severe water shortage. Pakistan has the fourth highest water use rate in the world. The water intensity rate - the volume of water in cubic meters consumed per unit of GDP - is the highest in the world. This suggests that a country's economy is not as water-intensive as Pakistan's. According to the IMF, annual water availability per capita in Pakistan is 1,017 cubic meters - dangerously close to the scarcity threshold of 1,000 cubic meters. In 2009, water availability in Pakistan was around 1,500 cubic meters. There are several reasons for this extreme water scarcity, including the lack of water reservoirs and reservoir dams, water waste, and poor water resource management and conservation practices. On the other hand, climate change is also a major cause of water scarcity in Pakistan, which has led to a drought-like situation in rural and remote areas. Experts say that population growth and urbanization are the main causes of the crisis. The problem has also been exacerbated by climate change, poor water management and a lack of political decisions will to tackle the crisis. "Pakistan is approaching water scarcity”. Electricity: Pakistan faces many serious problems due to the power crisis. As the economy of Pakistan also suffers from a crisis due to the current crisis, the value of the rupee is sinking. The small Pakistani manufacturing markets are strongly affected by the rise in energy prices. The manufacturing sector uses 33% of the production costs in terms of energy prices. An increase in energy prices leads to an increase in production costs and thus to a reduction in labor costs. Pakistan's home industry is breathing its last breath and the textile industry, one of Pakistan's major industries, is in trouble. Fuel prices have a huge impact on the electricity crisis as 60% of electricity generated is produced by kiln oil. If WAPDA and KESC buy electricity at a higher cost, they are unwilling to sell the electricity if lost. They continue to reduce their load without worrying about how the country can do without electricity. Pakistan's Net Electricity Energy Consumption: Power Sector Pathways for Pakistan are developed in this paper to present future challenges and aspects related to its prediction and planning based on modeling tools. Important pathways will be followed for further studies to predict the focus on energy sources for power generation. Three scenarios (BAU, NC & GF) will be discussed over a period of 20 years (2011-2030). The results of these scenarios will undermine our focus on fossil fuels or renewable energy for future efforts. The result will predict the energy sector by 2030 based on the growth of electricity consumers, level of activity, final energy intensity, projected growth and other factors. Therefore, the overall result will indicate efficient factors for the future evaluation of energy planning strategies. The result also provides a vision for other developing countries in the region to develop a strategy for the massive expansion of renewable energy.

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US Dollar reaches the all time high in Pakistan

US Dollar reaches the all time high in Pakistan

The equilibrium rate is one that the market naturally enters without government interference. The only way for the government to keep the value of the Pakistani rupee above equilibrium is to sell dollars at a more favorable rate, which artificially increases dollar supply and lowers the equilibrium price. Policy of Overvaluation: The policy of overvaluing the Pakistani rupee is equivalent to a flat rate subsidy on all imports. Anyone who buys $ 100 will receive $ 90 from private sources who want to buy Pakistani rupees, while $ 10 will come from the government. This, of course, makes imports cheaper as the government pays part of the bill. While it sometimes makes sense to make strategic collateral imports, it can never be too tricky to grant flat-rate subsidies on all imports. In Pakistan, however, this has been the case for several decades. Governments have maintained significantly overvalued rupees and effectively lent dollars to subsidize all imports. This is the simple explanation for the IMF, although experts who are considering this matter have mistakenly blamed many other factors. We want to investigate why this has happened, what are the consequences are and how the problem can be solved. Side Effect of Overvaluation: One of the deadly consequences of overvaluation is the build-up of negative value-added industries that only make profits through state import subsidies. For example, our oil czars import oilseeds from Brazil and Malaysia, as growing their own sunflower costs more! Worse, overvaluation prevents the creation of valuable industries. Pakistani efforts have failed because overvaluation makes imports. China, Japan, and East Asian countries are pursuing the opposite policy of undervaluation in order to industrialize. When they become expensive due to overvaluation, it is worthwhile to set up domestic industries that can compete successfully with imports. The creation of indigenous industries is an important step towards industrialization. The domestic economy will never learn to produce when it is cheaper to import goods at prices that are subsidized by government loans. Long-term health and economic prosperity require either fair or undervaluation. The current policy of overvaluation is based on the inclusion of dollars to subsidize imports and cannot be sustained in the long term.

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